Dont’a Hightower: Opting out is the best thing for my family

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Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower made the surprising decision to forego his $8 million salary and opt out of this season, saying it was a decision he made in conjunction with his family.

Although Hightower did not go into specifics about why he is opting out, he reportedly has an infant child and a mother with diabetes, and he put out a statement saying he decided it was for the best that he not play.

“Pats Nation, you have supported me unconditionally over the last 8 years,” Hightower wrote. “Through Super Bowl Victories (3 of em!), season-ending injuries, the occasional boomtower TD, strip sacks, charity events and everything in between. I appreciate that support more than you know, and I appreciate that same support and understanding now more than ever. This wasn’t an easy decision, or one I made lightly, but I do feel that it’s the best decision for my family at this time. I’m so grateful for the support of my teammates and coaches as well, and I will try to continue to lead and help as much as I can. 2020 has been a challenging year for our world. I hope you can all continue to be a light in these dark times — more light and great times are ahead. Thank you and stay safe!”

Hightower is probably the most significant so far of the more than 20 players who have opted out of 2020.

41 responses to “Dont’a Hightower: Opting out is the best thing for my family

  1. Tell that to the employee families of restaurants, bars, hotels, concenssions, etc that depend on the football season to make a living.

    Tell that to the mill workers, construction workers, transportation workers that are keeping the economy charging forward so the nation doesnt collapse on itself.

    Tell that to the police officers and fire fighters that have to fight rioters and criminals every day.

    I dont feel bad for this guy one iota. He should suit up for the greater good. The rest of us are.

  2. Not a guarantee that all of these opt outs are back with their teams next year… some guys will get Wally Pipped and others will get cut. Maybe some are looking to retire anyway. Just because their contracts roll over doesn’t mean teams won’t decide to move on from some of them.

  3. Opt outs, less practice, no pre season, kneeling during the anthem = Bad football.
    No thanks NFL!

  4. Frist comment is exactly what is wrong with about 25% of the country. Like this guy isn’t allowed to do what’s best for his family because you think the economy is charging along in the midst of a pandemic, the impact of which could largely have been avoided?! Still no National policy???

  5. People amaze me sometimes, and not in a good way. Hightower deserves credit for making a difficult decision because he feels its the right thing to do for his family. Why do some feel the need to take shots at him because people in other chosen professions might not be granted the chance to make the same choice?

  6. worstpotusever says:
    July 28, 2020 at 5:06 pm
    Frist comment is exactly what is wrong with about 25% of the country. Like this guy isn’t allowed to do what’s best for his family because you think the economy is charging along in the midst of a pandemic, the impact of which could largely have been avoided?! Still no National policy???

    Agree 100%…the problem here is we have 50 different states with 50 different policies in place. Nothing united about the United States when it comes to dealing with covid-19, smh

  7. aint got no problem with a player opting out. it’s their business, they’ve made enough money to be able to do so. what’s the problem?

  8. Another cheatriot getting paid the full salary under the table by Kraft to sit out so they can tank for Lawrence. These lowlifes aren’t fooling anyone.

  9. I hope that Hightower, by opting out, forfeits his 2020 salary and any bonuses that are due to him.
    I also hope that every team enjoys the decreased cap charges from all of the players who voluntarily opt-out.
    I GUARANTEE you that several players who opt out will injure themselves and then blame the team or NFL. In that case the teams and NFL need to tell the players that by opting out, that the players are on their own.

  10. I don’t have a problem with players opting out but I am interested in seeing how many of them will be with the same team next year or if even still in the league. New and cheaper replacement talent comes along every year. Will teams, right fully or wrongly, take the position that a player opting out cannot be depended on by the team. Yes, the player is looking out for himself as it should be but still the team may be looking out for itself also.

  11. As a person I have no problem with him opting out. As a fan WTH is wrong with him….we need to win some games,. No, best of luck to him.

  12. ALL FANS SHOULD OPT OUT ALL MAJOR SPORTS FOR EVER!! THE MAKE FEEL GOOD OPTIONS FOR CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS BEING APPLIED TO ALL SPORTS IS NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST FOR ALL FANS. THE FANS WANT TO SEE SPORTS IN NORMALCY AND NOT MADE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH POLITICAL AGENDAS GOING FORWARD.

  13. “Another cheatriot getting paid the full salary under the table by Kraft to sit out so they can tank for Lawrence. These lowlifes aren’t fooling anyone.”

    Apparently they’ve fooled you into a lunatic conspiracy theory

    Cause yeah, most people want to expose a Mom with diabetes not to mention their infant child to covid SMH

  14. not easy to walk away from $8 million. Congrats on the new baby and I’ll always remember that play you made against the Falcons that turned that game on its head

  15. covidiots says:
    July 28, 2020 at 6:16 pm
    “Another cheatriot getting paid the full salary under the table by Kraft to sit out so they can tank for Lawrence. These lowlifes aren’t fooling anyone.”

    Apparently they’ve fooled you into a lunatic conspiracy theory

    Cause yeah, most people want to expose a Mom with diabetes not to mention their infant child to covid SMH

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    I’m guessing you haven’t heard P6 conspiracy theories if you think that’s the most ridiculous one.

  16. Don’t want to go all political here, but Trump did announce last week that he is now thinking of developing a strategy for the Coronavirus. Seems to me that Hightower is taking the virus seriously while our stable genius is not. The man has a baby at home and a diabetic mother. He made the right decision considering his circumstances. Wish him luck.

  17. davebarnes21 says:
    July 28, 2020 at 6:51 pm
    come on Dante – play football. Thats SO weak bro..
    _____________________________________________________

    ……..Dante retired.

  18. So, a poll was taken on how many people would take the vaccine once it’s made available and only 30% said they would, others would consider it, and the rest said now way! If that’s 30% only take the vaccine, why are people so scared? At 30% it does absolutely no good really.

  19. Well i guess when u rule over the NFL for 20 years and have won 3 S.B.titles and have gotten paid u can choose to do this,way too go D.HIGHTOWER

  20. HEY GREENANXIETY,yes we are,more fun than the rest of the NFL who have been chasing us for years

  21. chicagolandcolts says:
    July 28, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Another cheatriot getting paid the full salary under the table by Kraft to sit out so they can tank for Lawrence. These lowlifes aren’t fooling anyone.

    Are you 12 years old? Sounds like it.

  22. I wish Dont’a Hightower and his family all the best. And thank you for saving SB XLIX with that incredible one arm tackle. A Great Patriot.

  23. It’s all good. He came through in the biggest moments on the field. He has every right to put his family first.

  24. With all these players opting out can’t say I have any interest watching backups this year

  25. 20yr, everybody wang Chung tonite…. we own you, the pats have been an also ran after Super Bowl XII.

  26. I don’t think there’s gonna be any NFL football this year. Look how the virus is threatening to end the baseball season. This season is gonna opt out, like it or not.

  27. To all you doom and gloomers with the opt outs the Patriots just gained $20 million in cap space. Bet you didn’t think about that. Welcome to New England Jadaveon Clowney

  28. Don’t all of you wish you could opt out of your job for a year and not have to worry about the financial repercussions all because you’re afraid of catching a cold?

  29. Not surprised by this. Some players must feel the season has little chance of success so why take the risk? My only problem with this is that many of these concerned opt outs will be at large gatherings partying it up. Makes you wonder how sincere their concern for safety really is.

  30. More cap space this year and less they have to pay them next year win win for the pats!!!!

  31. Hightower just wants a year off. What NFL player doesn’t with all the brutality they endure season after season.

    This year, everyone can take a year at reduced pay without any consequences.

    That’s what these opt outs are all about.

  32. TheCommish says:
    July 29, 2020 at 8:53 am
    Hightower just wants a year off. What NFL player doesn’t with all the brutality they endure season after season.

    This year, everyone can take a year at reduced pay without any consequences.

    That’s what these opt outs are all about.

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    Patriots players that we part of the Eagles SB are “opting out” on BB

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